State accredits Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities

The Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities (OCBDD) has been accredited by the State of Ohio for the quality services and supports it provides to people with disabilities.

An accreditation certificate was been issued to the Board by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities on Jan. 7.

A comprehensive review of the County Board was conducted late last year by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD). The accreditation review is a very rigorous and thorough process, spanning approximately six months. A team of surveyors from DODD reviewed all areas of County Board operations including personnel administration, services and support, and other indicators of the general efficiency and effectiveness of the County Board in the community it serves.


Otterbein helps Danbury Food Pantry with urgent need

Otterbein has a big goal – to collect 500 food and staple items before Valentine’s Day, which is Friday, Feb. 14. Earl Mencel, a food bank volunteer, alerted Otterbein that, especially at this time of year, there is an urgent need for donated food for people in Danbury Township.

When Otterbein’s Wellness Director, Martha Meyer, heard about this, she created a community out-reach to collect 500 food items to be delivered to the food bank. “I really hope we’ll go over this amount. It is so important for people in need right now,” said Meyer.


Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce elects four new board members

On Friday, Jan. 24 the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual dinner meeting at the Community Markets VFW Memorial Hall. In addition to the chamber members, Ottawa County Commissioners, Steve Arndt and Jim Sass, Bill Eberle, mayor of Oak Harbor, police chief Steve Weirich and Oak Harbor council members were in attendance. After dinner Chamber President Paulette Weirich held a business meeting and first recognized the board of directors. 

All of the members of the Board of Directors were in attendance and they include:


Bill Sorg honored by Commissioners

From left to right: Ottawa County Commissioner James Sass, William Sorg, Commissioner Jo Ellen Regal, Commissioner Steven Arndt

On Jan. 14, the Ottawa County Commissioners recognized Ottawa County Veteran William “Bill” Sorg of American Legion Post 279, Elmore.  

Sorg was drafted into the United States Army in March 1969. After training, he was deployed to Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, with the 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, Phan Thiet. On April 8, 1970, during a patrol on Hill #74, his squad was attacked. This attack resulted in 9 soldiers being injured, including Bill.


Rossford beats ‘Skins, girls’ streak ends at 15

The Rossford Bulldog Bowlers traveled to Star Lanes at the Harbor Friday and swept the host Redskins, with the Boys winning 2983-2720 and the Girls ending the Lady ‘Skins unbeaten season 2652-2555. 

“Our girls really bowled great, came within 20 pins of the school record” said Coach Bob Black. “Tonight we were outscored by a team that broke their school record by 300 pins. We had 4 scores 340 or better and the girls are getting better all the time and we have no seniors,” said Black. “We are looking forward to the events at the end of the season.” 

Kassidy Mahler led the Lady ‘Skins with games of 211-171. Eryn Binder rolled 187-175, Sam Stroupe 158-189, and Reilly Wittman 162-178. Caleb Conrad led the Redskin Boys with games of 234-198. Darryl Trent added 190-228, and Jacob Reed172-180.

Port Clinton’s Bowlers will join 42 other teams in competing in the Redskin Tournament at Star Lanes at the Harbor beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday.


Terra State board elects new officers

Nancy Grandillo accepts the gavel from outgoing chair Carl Koebel

The Terra State Community College Board of Trustees elected a new group of officers for 2014 at its regular meeting on Jan. 23.

Nancy Grandillo, of Tiffin, will serve as the board chair while Sandra Berlekamp will be the vice-chair and Don Nalley will serve as sergeant at arms. Both Berlekamp and Nalley are Fremont residents.

“I see the board continuing with the master plan, with the campus and entrance improvements and reversing the current enrollment challenges,” Grandillo said. “I am pleased to work with a forward-thinking board and an administration that puts students first.”

Grandillo takes over for Carl Koebel, of Port Clinton, who has been the board chair the past two years.


Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission welcomes new commissioners


Thomas L. Cashen III with Judge Winters

On Jan. 9, the Honorable Judge Winters swore in Thomas L. Cashen III, appointing him to represent the American Legion, and Ronald E. Distel, appointing him as a Member-at-Large, on the Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission Board of Commissioners. 

Cashen was appointed to fill a one-year term. He is a Persian Gulf War Veteran who served honorably in the U.S. Navy. 


Judge Hany administers oath

Left to right: Township Trustees Matt Widmer (Clay), Keith Heilman (Portage), Ken Gyde (Carroll), Rodney Biggert (Carroll), Sam Conte (Portage), Dale Collins (Portage), Victor Harder (Salem), Wesley Gahler (Benton), James Buhro (Benton), Mike Milbrodt (Benton), Ron Buehler (Salem), Mitch Hoyle (Clay).


Free income tax preparation assistance available

It is tax season again. Doing taxes can be a frustrating and difficult addition to already busy lives. Following are some resources that you can use for free to reduce the burden of tax season:

1. If your total household income is under $58,000 annually you can file your taxes for free using H&R Block software by going to  

2. If you want to do your own taxes but would like an IRS certified tax preparer to be available in person to assist you ($58,000 annual income limit), you can go to either the University of Toledo or Owens Community College. Times are available for taxpayers from the community to utilize this free service, which will be facilitated by an IRS certified tax preparer. Call 211 for times and locations.

3. If you would like an IRS certified tax preparer to prepare your tax return at one of 11 locations in Lucas, Wood, and Ottawa Counties, dial 211 to schedule an appointment. In addition, in Ottawa County you may call Ottawa County Transitional Housing directly to schedule an appointment at 419-734-9494.


Firelands Association of Realtors install new board members and officers

The Firelands Association of Realtors installed new board members and officers at its annual year end board meeting. Board members installed were Frank Corder, Mitch Mesenburg, Tammy Steinle, Alex Morgan Johnson, Scott Myers and Fran Andersons.

Frank Corder is an agent with REMAX Quality Realty in Sandusky and is serving his second term on the Board. Mitch Mesenburg is an agent with Prudential Stadtmiller Realty in Sandusky and is also serving his second term on the Board. Tammy Steinle is a broker/agent with Wendt Key Team Realty of Fremont. Fran Andersons is a manager/ partner of Select Realty in Tiffin. Scott Myers is an agent with Century 21 Mike Myers Real Estate in Norwalk.

Firelands Association of Realtors officers elected for 2014 are: President Phillip Bolte, broker of Bolte Real Estate in Port Clinton; President-Elect for 2015 Frank Corder of REMAX Quality Realty in Sandusky; Secretary/Treasurer Sara Riesen, broker of Select Realty in Tiffin; and Tony Taylor, Past President, of Howard Hanna Real Estate in Fremont.

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